Jesus offers a lot of teaching on the subject of love: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-40) and "love one another" (John 15:12). However, his most difficult teaching on love is this: "Love your enemies" (Luke 6:27). Many would-be followers of Jesus abandon the Lord at this point. How, after all, can we possibly love the very people that hate us? In today's sermon, we take a deeper look at the notion of enemy love. What does enemy love look like? Why does Jesus ask us to love in such a way?
Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, blessed are the hungry, blessed are those who weep, and blessed are those who are hated." Ask anyone who falls under one of the above categories and I doubt they'd tell you that they feel particularly blessed. And yet, Jesus pronounces them blessed anyway. Why? That's the question that Jasmine will be exploring in her sermon on Luke 6:20-26.
In this, the 7th part of our Bible Study series on the I AM sayings of John's Gospel, we will take a deeper look at Jesus' words, "I am the resurrection and the life." These are words that Jesus declares to a grieving Martha, shortly before he goes to the tomb and restores her dead brother, Lazarus, to life. What does it mean for Jesus to be the resurrection and the life? And, how is that significant to us? That's what we'll be exploring in today's Bible Study on John 11:1-44.